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Why a Clean Kitchen Isn’t Always a Safe Kitchen: A Case for Natural Kitchen Cleaner

(Article written by guest contributor Amy Wynn)

As a kid, I always knew when my mom had been scrubbing the kitchen. Not just by how the sink sparkled and the floor shined, but by the pervasive smell of bleach and noxious blue window cleaner.

Like many of us, I grew up thinking that it’s not a clean kitchen unless it “smells clean.” But that particular “smell of clean” can also be the scent of damage to your body.

Toxic Clean

The American Lung Association warns of the dangers of many commercial household cleaners. The risks are plenty:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), bleach, and ammonia are known lung irritants that worsen the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • When products containing household bleach and ammonia are mixed, they emit dangerous toxic gases into the air that have adverse effects on the body when inhaled.
  • New research shows that fragrances used in household cleaners, when mixed with ozone (O3), can create carcinogenic formaldehyde particles in the air.

Because of all of the risks associated with the use of harsh chemicals in our house, don’t you think it’s high time we reconsider the old “tried and true” cleaners as the benchmark of cleanliness?

Natural Clean

In all honesty, I never liked the smell of bleach or any other industrial cleaner when I was growing up.  As I’ve grown up and taken on the responsibility of managing the care of my own home, I’ve come to love the fresh and light aromas of pure plant extracts and essential oils found in natural kitchen cleaning products.

Products made with safe, natural ingredients instead of artificial chemicals can be just as effective at cleaning and sanitizing your home. And, you don’t have to give up “the smell of clean” just so you can get a product that’s safe enough for even the smallest hands and feet (or paws) in the house.

If you’ve ever caught your toddler (or pooch) eating food off the kitchen floor, you can appreciate the overall safety of a natural kitchen cleaner like Better Life’s All Purpose Cleaner.

Anti-Bacterial or Anti-Effective

When considering the effectiveness of natural ingredients, take for example the recent attention on the overuse of anti-bacterial soaps.

Once lauded as an aid in preventing illness and increasing safety, Triclosan, which is found in many anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizers, has been shown to have no demonstrable benefit in preventing everyday illnesses. In addition, triclosan may pose additional health risks, like the contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and causing adverse hormonal effects, when used long-term.

Top to Bottom

Even though my mom may not have had it entirely right with the “smell clean, is clean” mantra, she taught me that when we know better, we do better. It’s time to do better with our kitchen cleaners.

So when it’s time to clean your kitchen again (When is the kitchen really ever clean?), avoid the temptation of the “old smell test” and instead, opt for the refreshing aromas of natural ingredients that won’t overwhelm the olfactory receptors of your family. They will thank you, and your kitchen will thank you as well.

Here are a few of our favorite natural kitchen cleaners at Soap Hope.

The Soap Hope Philosophy: Finding the Right Natural Cleaners For Our Customers

Over the last few months here at Soap Hope, we’ve been working to find the perfect all-natural cleaner — safe for your home, and for all of the people that live in it.

“It’s been quite the process,” said Craig Tiritilli, Soap Hope’s cofounder. “We’ve been researching and testing a variety of different brands and products.”

home living roomThe quality of products that we carry here at Soap Hope is especially important to us. We won’t sell items that we wouldn’t use ourselves or in our own homes.

Which is why, throughout our extensive research, we found that most household cleaner brands with the “all-natural” label weren’t actually ENTIRELY natural.

“There are a lot of quality brands out there with the ‘green’ or ‘natural’ label,” says Craig, “but after digging a little further, we found that a lot of cleaners still contained some kind of sulfate or petroleum-based ingredient. Sometimes they disclosed that information, sometimes they didn’t.”

What we have been able to find, however, is the safest product that we feel is out there on the market.

Meet Better Life — or maybe you already have, if you’ve seen Shark Tank. The team from Better Life pitched on the popular TV show last year, and it’s been exciting to see their progress and growth since being on the show.

Better Life has an important philosophy — one that aligns with our own here at Soap Hope. They develop all of their products in-house, formulating  the safest and best performing products that we came across.

Because of their transparency in business and commitment to quality ingredients, we knew we wanted to include them in our line of safe-for-you products.

So while some of their products include a synthetic preservative, we’ve found that Better Life products DON’T include toxic ingredients that most household cleaners  use (including many “green” or “natural” brands).

It’s worth noting that the preservative used in some of their cleaners prevents them from having to raise the pH levels of the water (part of an alternative way of extending shelf life), which can actually damage cleaning surfaces, wood furniture and your skin.

Also noteworthy: Better Life discloses information on ALL of their ingredients, which we found wasn’t always a common practice with  other manufacturers out there.

And, ultimately, the decision is up to our customers. We’ll continue to research and test products to find the safest option for our customers, and we’ll fully disclose what goes into those products.

“We’re thrilled to have found a solution for our customers that we’re comfortable with,” says Craig.

You can buy Better Life here at Soap Hope – check out their natural household cleaning products here!